Bad breath has a lot of causes, but a little bacteria might be your cure. Learn what probiotics can do for you and the problems they can help solve.
Anxiety comes from different sources. You can control your gut, and studies on the brain connection show healthy probiotics can reduce anxiety and depression symptoms and help you feel more in control.
Choosing herbs versus medication only looks at part of the problem. Choosing wisely is a matter of knowing what you want and where to find the right answers.
We've had a lot of questions recently about taking probiotics with antibiotics. People are really concerned nowadays with all the different illnesses, viruses, and other nasty stuff floating around.
Stress can have a profound effect on immune system health. As many of us are coping with the global changes that have affected our lives, we can see the results of our increased stress response. This can include cortisol imbalance and adrenal fatigue that leads patients to your practice with complaints of anxiousness, memory fog, sugar cravings, and sleep issues. If the stress continues its chronic course, further symptoms of fatigue, hair loss, and reduced immune function can ensue.
Omega-3 fatty acids can have a profound effect on the brain, and particularly for helping to reduce the incidence of depression and mental decline. Specifically, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) has been shown to help lower the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease. 1 A new study published in The Lancet has shown that higher levels of this fatty acid are required than previously thought to help lower the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. 1
The ongoing research of medicinal plants is beneficial for revealing the powerful constituents that each contains. Andrographis paniculata, or Andrographis, is one such plant that possesses many photochemical compounds offering unique biological properties. Used for centuries in Asia and India as traditional medicine for several applications including digestive issues, inflammation, and fever, Andrographis features various compounds in its aerial parts and roots such as terpenoids (entalabdane diterpene lactones), flavonoids (flavones), noriridoides, xanthones, polyphenols, and trace/macro elements. 1,2
As we age, the protective ends of our linear chromosomes known as telomeres, shorten. Telomeres are sequences of repeated DNA material that caps every chromosome in the body. The job of telomeres is to protect the genetic materials within the chromosomes. When DNA replicates, these telomeres shorten. This process is a sign of molecular aging and is associated with the development of diseases related to aging such as arthritis. 1 With this in mind, the lengthening of these telomeres influences longevity, while environmental factors can have an impact on how quickly telomeres erode. It stands to reason that, in order to address age-related diseases, that the lengthening of telomeres is in order. Here is an overview of this fascinating subject that may lead to the fountain of youth many seek.
Every day, the body eliminates cells that are abnormal or damaged through apoptosis, which prevents the build-up of dysfunctional cells within tissues. As a normal, daily function, this process unfortunately changes as we age. Older cells stop working properly, which includes losing the ability to complete normal tasks and the ability to divide. Instead of dying, however, some of these cells continue to stay put and can accumulate in the tissues in what is known as cellular senescence. These senescent cells can create a burden within the body, and contribute to many of the conditions seen with aging, such as arthritis, reduced vision, cardiovascular diseases, dementia, and cancer. 1-5
Probiotics are touted as a game-changer for microbiome health. Most people are familiar with probiotics as a standard part of yogurt, kefir, and fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchee. Today, however, probiotics revolve around a burgeoning industry that promotes their use for everything from improving digestion and weight loss, to reducing the number and occurrence of upper respiratory tract infections. Mainstream food manufacturers have taken to adding probiotics to foods previously found without them, riding the wave of probiotic inclusion. While extensive research does back the use of probiotics for health, there is evidence that they may not be for everyone.